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you're watching "cbs5 eyewitness news". >> live thrusts against the california teacher's union after it expresses support for a cop killer. protecting pits, the plan to make it harder for animal abusers to hide what they have done. students graduating with thousands of dollars of debt. new figures tonight, is college really worth it? and why marijuana could soon cost more in one part of the bay area. good evening. a suspected serial killer is in custody in marine county right now. he was booked on four murder counts. they found evidence in his home linking him to the killings of
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young women between 1977 and 1994. their bodies were found in marine, contra costa and yuba city. the da would not get into specifics. >> this is an ongoing investigation, and to invite questioning at this time could hamper those efforts. >> reporter: however, in nevada investigators launched a task force to look into other cold cases. they say he was a professional photographer that traveled all over the country for work. an autopsy is set for tomorrow on a patient that died in the hospital while staffers tried to subdue him. it happened in a high security area where people incompetent to stand trial lived. staffers acted after the man allegedly assaulted another patient. unions representing hospital workers have been calling for safety improvements there.
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last october a patient was charged with the murder of a hospital employee. a jury in the barry bonds trial will meet again tomorrow for a fourth day of deliberations. joe vasquez on what may be happening behind closed doors. >> reporter: three days of deliberating, no verdict. what exactly does that mean? we're joined now by cbs4 paul henry. >> they are going over evidence or fighting amongst themselves. in some cases they say we cannot get it together, sometimes that happens right away, other times it takes a lot longer. one thing to remember is when you get a group of 12 people, they all hear things a little differently and see things differently. >> reporter: thanks for joining us. the jury will be back at 8:30 in the morning. joe vasquez, cbs5. a cat is recovering after coming home with an arrow in
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its head. max's owners say the arrow drove through 2-3 inches but didn't crack max's skull. vets were able to pull it out. it's not clear if it was an accident. if determined to be intentional, authorities may seek animal cruelty charges. san francisco is considering keeping tabs on animal abusers, much the same way sex offenders are tracked. elizabeth cooke on the proposal to create a megan's law-type database for people who hurt pets. >> obviously, there's accidents, but for the most part when you see something like that you know somebody is playing target practice. >> reporter: he is pushing the city of san francisco to develop a database to keep track of animal abusers. the database would work like the megan's law website. offenders would enter in their
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full name, address, and a picture so shelters and adoption agencies could prevent a previous abuser from adopting. >> it's going to save a lot of animals being injured and hurt by people who just can't control their emotions, can't control their anger. >> reporter: new york was the first in the nation to launch such a public database. he says the idea came about after michael vic tried to adopt an animal after spending time in prison for running a dog fighting ring. >> he wanted to adopt a little dog, and to me -- there was an outcry against it, because clearly the man has aggression and a temper, and you give a little dog, even a big dog into the hands of somebody that has an uncontrollable violence. >> animals can't speak for themselves, and you don't want -- you don't want somebody to get a chance to do it twice. >> that was elizabeth cooke
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reporting. the city's animal control and welfare commission takes up the issue thursday evening at city hall at 5:30. members after california teachers union are getting threats tonight. this came after the union came out in support of a cop killer. >> reporter: he's a convicted cop killer, but he has his supporters, including the influential california federation of teachers. >> we felt that he, like anybody, deserves a fair trial and had not received one. if his day of execution is lifted, he's going to be executed, and this would be a good time to reiterate our support for him. >> reporter: a jury in 1982 convicted him of murdering a philadelphia police officer. over the years, his supporters rallied for his freedom. last month, the teachers union passed a resolution, calling him a civil rights hero.
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it's hit a nerve. now they are getting threats. >> as a voice mail from this morning. >> caller: you're next. >> one of the things that i've been getting in my e-mail and voicemails has been why is the teacher union a cop killer lover, so clearly that's part of the right wing talking points. >> reporter: it's an issue close to home for many cops. they know what it's like to lose friends in the line of duty. >> i would prefer the teachers union stay out of some issue like this. because, you know, it is somewhat controversial. >> california is looking at budget problems and layoffs and pink slips. the question has to be why spend your efforts discussing something like this? >> we spent almost no effort discussing this. this was reiteration of a position the teachers union had taken before. >> reporter: it was one of
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thirty resolutions past, and they -- passed, and they can't understand all the flak. >> to me there's one reason for the interest. that's because a few weeks ago teachers and cops were standing together in wisconsin, and this is an opportunity to pull the teachers and cops apart again. >> reporter: despite the threats, the teachers union will not back down. the california fred ration of teachers -- federation of teachers insist their position is simple, he did not get his fair day in court. all right, linda, thank you. another week, another driver accused of behaving badly. the driver kicked a couple and their baby off a bus. >> another day, another black eye commute. this time the troubled transit service fired a driver after witnesses say he threw a young family off his bus. >> we don't encourage kicking
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customers off the bus or treating our customers poorly. this, in fact, is what happened. >> reporter: a bus load of witnesses and a video recording of the incident, which is now in the hands of the city attorney. >> the driver became irate, started screaming, forced the couple off the bus with their baby. >> reporter: linda rospeel was on the bus. it appears the couple had taken too much time with their baby and stroller, which pushed the driver to their wits end. >> he was late, and part of his ranting was that you can't keep drivers -- we're going to be late. i think he was worried about getting yelled at for being late. instead, this is what he did. >> reporter: this driver was on his probationary period and hasn't been identified. it's the latest in a series of trouble for the buses and trains. recently, a train operator fled down a tunnel with its door open and car full of
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passengers. a driver was seen texting while driving, and last month a state agency cited unsafe operations that endanger passengers. muni challenged the last one but acknowledges the others. >> it's something we'll look into as well. this is something that doesn't happen every day, but in the last few days it has. we'll take a look at what's taking place, and if there's a trend, resolve it. >> the driver had been on the job five months. he was on his probationary period and had little recourse. in san francisco, cbs5. prepare to shell out more for your marijuana. why it could cost more in one part of the bay area. america has more student loan debt than credit card debt. they graduate in a deep financial hole, is it really worth it? we have new figures. and justin bieber making waves. why israel is giving the teen
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star the brush off. a lot of clouds making their way into the skies. could we really see rain soon? we'll talk about that coming up.
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thriving and unregulated. mark the bay area is home to a thriving medical marijuana industry. thriving and unregulated. mark thayer reports one city is now trying to reign it in. >> reporter: a breast cancer survivor and medical marijuana user who asks we do not use her last name. she says limits on medical marijuana access will harm her and other patients.
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>> nausea, bone pain, appetite, anxiety, stress, depression. >> reporter: the san jose city council estimates there are currently 110 cannabis collectives operating in the city without regulation at all. >> i do think it's important we move forward. >> reporter: tonight the city council approved the plan to cut the number to ten and keep them in industrial and business districts. chuck reed says it was a big first step. >> we are not going to ban them altogether. we'll allow them in certain restricted areas where they are appropriate. >> reporter: but collective operators are concerned and say the cost of medical marijuana could go up, along with new fees discussed to pay for enforcement efforts. >> you are leaving, you know, only ten businesses open to serve 50,000-plus patients. you're going to get lines. you're going to lose the personalization. >> reporter: but this debate is not over yet. next week the council takes up
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the issue on how to select the clubs that will be allowed to operate in the city. one plan under consideration, an old-fashioned lottery to be run by the chief of police. in san jose, mark thayer, cbs5. some students at uc davis says their school was spied on protesting fee hikes. the students along with the sacramento chapter of the acou printed documents outlining the new student activism team. the students say the documents suggest a female police officer marching with students last year denied being an officer when confronted. >> she was concerned about one officer in a large group drawing attention to herself. in the future we'll do that differently. >> the school says it came up with the student activist team to protect student safety. they say it's not a secret and uc davis employees work in plain sight and often with
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protest organizers. with the cost of higher education soaring, it's not uncommon for graduates to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in debt. is it worth it? dean reynolds crunched numbers. >> diane owes columbus a lot. she made important contacts and ran up a student loan debt there and at ithica that will keep her in hock for at least 20 years. >> when i was 18, i had no concept of what it meant to go to a school that cost more. >> reporter: her $80,000 in loans are on the high end of the red ink, but student loan debt in this country is now greater than credit card debt. casey is a senior at the university of illinois, who's afraid to even calculate what she owes. will it force you to make certain life choices that if you didn't carry around debt like that you wouldn't have to
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make? >> probably. probably going to have to work a job i don't necessarily want to. >> reporter: that's not all. >> it can affect choices on getting married, buying a home, saving for retirement, and their own kids education. >> reporter: no question students are racking up large amounts of debt, but many economists call that good debt. they liken it to a smart investment. >> you expect it will pay off over many years, and borrowing money to go to college is like borrowing to start a business. you're going to have a much higher lifetime income if you borrow and go to school and repay those loans than if you stop your education after high school. >> reporter: the numbers don't lie. in 2008, the median earnings of a bachelor degree recipient were almost $20,000 per year than a high school graduate. and in a lifetime, college grads earn 65% more than high
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school grads. the debt can be imposing, but remember, barack and michelle obama were once $120,000 in debt from student loans, and they did well. dean reynolds, cbs5 news, chicago. the prime minister of israel brushed off justin bieber. he called off his meeting with the pop star after bieber reportedly refused to meet with kids. bieber is in the area for a concert. as nasa prepares to bid farewell to the shuttle program, it announced which museums will get to display the four shuttle thes. >> for all of them, take good care of our vehicles. they served the nation well, and we at nasa have a deep relationship and love affair with them. >> atlantis will stay at the
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kennedy space center, los angeles, discovery will be at the smithsonian air and space museum, enterprise will land in new york city. twenty-one museums around the country put in bids for the shuttles. they are so cool to see. they are massive. >> they have a mock one in the parking lot, it's pretty cool. lawrence, last time i was there, i think i saw a guy like you sitting in the pit. >> that would be my dream, little too late. hey, folks, we managed to squeeze in sunshine today. it was a nice day, wind kicked up. kite surfers are loving it. 20-30 miles an hour, filling up the sails. looks like things are calming down a little tonight, but now we have a cold front headed in. that will bring in with it a chance for rainfall in the bay area. here it comes, weak ridge ahead of the system, now the clouds
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gathering tonight. some showers may not be far away. tomorrow, mostly cloudy skies, especially in the morning, that's when the system will come through. temperatures noticeably cooler tomorrow. highs in the 50s, maybe the low 60s if you're lucky. that's just about it. outside right now, chilly in spots, 44 in napa, 46 in santa rosa and 76 in san jose. system looks like it dives through tomorrow. more tomorrows later in the forecast, here it is, sliding on by right now, not a whole lot of energy with it, .1 of rain is quite a bit. cool showers, not a total rain- out, but be prepared for wet stuff tomorrow. this is what we're expecting. midnight tonight, not too bad, a lot of clouds outside, then as we get in towards the early part of the morning, showers show up in the north bay and for the commute, could be wet outside, light showers, but enough to make things slick on the roadways. the brunt comes through about 10:00 or 11:00 or so, then we
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may see parting in the clouds and maybe a little sunshine by the afternoon, but the winds will be kicking up behind the cold front. temperatures in the 50s coastside, 50s inside the bay and a few 60s inland. next couple of days we'll see the weather settle down quite a bit. temperatures start to warm up nicely as we head towards friday and saturday. 70s with partly cloudy skies. we could see a return to wet weather, not big storms, just a chance of wet weather monday and tuesday. >> what's the technical term for that? >> shower-y, weak. >> chicken soaker. >> that's in the weather bug when you look it up? >> yeah, i remember that from school. >> i have a different name for it, but i can't say it. all right. maybe it will be one of ken's good questions, just not tonight. we'll have another one when we come back. [ male announcer ] bell helmets,
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no, not be any stretch. gretchen wants to know what happened to all the bay area's great single-screen movie theaters. that's tonight's good question. >> san francisco's castro theater will turn 90 next year. it is one of the few remaining movie houses still showing films on its single screen. >> our core and base are the many film festivals that come here. they do form the core and base for the theater. >> don's family has owned the castro since it was built, back when movies were silent. film festivals, sing alongs, and live shows keep the castro going today. in an era where it's more profitable to own a multi-plex than single screen. >> you're limited with one screen. if the film didn't do well, then the theater is stuck.
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>> part of the allure is it was built as a theater. here's something you'll never see at a multi-plex, this has not been shown on tv for almost 60 years. this is the back wall of the castro theater. the screen was erected in front of the wall to show movies. with 1400 seats, what's old has become new again. >> it's really more of a performing arts center than a simple movie theater. the ambience is there and the feeling is there. people are excited. >> go to and click on connect to send me your good questions. a's go to extra innings. giant's forgotten man is playing hero right now. what next? come again odgers..san
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hoping to reverse that trend k!! the giants six losses, four against the dodgers. san francisco was hoping to reverse the trend tonight. mark, start the clock, please. lincecum gave up three earned runs. offense gets him out in the 5th. second rbi single of the game. rowe and scores, 4-3. affalt in the 7th, home run, game tied at 4. rowand is coming up big, after a triple, wild pitch, rowand scores, giants just won the game 5-4. here's the final. the beard got the save. kevin kouzmanoff gone for the a's, two-run shot, they lead by a run over the white sox, but it went to extra innings against. alexi ramirez, second home run of the game.
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walk-off job and the a's lose 6- 5 on the south side. bad news for rangers fans, beltre pops it off, makes the catch in foul grounds. hamilton decides he's going to try and score, and he broke his arm and is expected to miss two months, then, of course, texas lost the game. >> how did he break his arm? when you look at that -- >> he landed awkwardly. the point is, he's the american league reigning mvp, one run and that circumstance is not worth risking it. he criticized his third base coach after the game. >> you want me to feel bad for the texas rangers? >> you know, ken, i feel the giants are starting to play like world champions. >> world champions that they really are. >> i'm glad you think that. >> we'll go into that at 11:00. >> so, stick around. get a glass of water or something and come on back.
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